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Genre: CG Animation
Starring: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Joan Cusack, Don Rickles, Wallace Shawn, John Ratzenberger, Estelle Harris, John Morris, Laurie Metcalf, R. Lee Ermey, Jodi Benson, Ned Beatty, Michael Keaton, Timothy Dalton, Jeff Garlin, Bonnie Hunt, Whoopi Goldberg, Kristen Schaal, Blake Clark
Director: Lee Unkrich
Rating: PG
Year Made: 2010



- "Day & Night" Theatrical Short
- Buzz Lightyear Mission Logs: The Science Of Adventure
- The Gang's All Here - A Look At Returning Voice Talent
- Paths To Pixar: Editorial
- Studio Stories: Where's Gordon
- Studio Stories: Cereal Bar
- Studio Stories: Clean Start
- Toys
- A Toy's Eye View: Creating A Whole New Land




Languages: English/Mandarin/Cantonese
Subtitles: English/Chinese/Bahasa/Malay
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1
Running Time: 1 hr 43 mins
Region Code: 3
Distributor: Scorpio East




The creative minds behind Disney Pixar's groundbreaking animated blockbusters invites you back inside the Toys' delightful world for a heartwarming and hilarious Hi-Definition movie experience you'll never forget. All the original voice talent returns (including Tom Hanks and Tim Allen) plus new talent including Michael Keaton as Ken and Ned Beatty as Lots-O'-Huggin' Bear. It's the biggest, best, most exciting Toy Story of them all, raves Access Hollywood.

As Andy gets ready to leave for college, Woody, Buzz, Jessie and the rest of the gang wonder if this is the end of the line. But, when a mix up lands them in the Sunnyside Day Care Center where they meet 14 new toys, they soon discover that a wild new adventure is just beginning! Take an amazing journey with some of the most beloved characters in movie history and discover what being a friend is truly all about.


Everyone out there must have a special toy in their growing up years. It could be a rag doll, a diecast car, a teddy bear or simply something ordinary from a fast food restaurant. But how many of us actually treasured this piece of toy after we venture into adulthood? What happened to our once dearest companion who accompanied us through countless days of boredom and stormy nights over the years?

The geniuses at Pixar once again tug the heartstrings and trigger one’s long forgotten memories with the highly anticipated third and final instalment of the Toy Story series. Toy Story 3 continues the timeline with Andy, the owner of Woody and Buzz prepping to go college which leads us to the question of what will happen to his childhood toys. Our familiar gang starts to get a bit fidgety and of course the leader of the pack, Woody ensures everyone is safe and Andy is not abandoning the lot of them. But a mix-up causes Buzz and the gang to be sent to a daycare centre where toys are supposedly given a second life.

With a story by the honchos at Pixar including the very busy John Lasseter (Toy Story 1and 2, Cars), Andrew Stanton (Finding Nemo, Wall-E), director Lee Unkrich and a screenplay by Michael Arndt who wrote the delightful Little Miss Sunshine, Toy Story 3 has proven again the existence of Pixar magical dust. The Lamp Company’s latest effort marks the first ever animated film in history to cross the US$1 billion mark in the box-office and nothing is more crucial than a good plot to pull in the audience.

All thanks to the rich relationships and characterizations created beforehand, Toy Story 3 on many levels surpassed its originals. It’s emotionally wrenching especially for one particular scene set in the incinerator (the best thing isn’t expressed in words). It’s more action packed, adrenalin pumping than the last Indiana Jones movie and you are talking about toys in a daycare centre. It’s funnier than the average crude Judd Apatow movie and we are referring to new characters such as a very spontaneous Ken and a Spaniard Buzz. At times, it’s dark, scary and thrilling when you encounter the main villain Lotso, the strawberry scented bear with a broken gigantic walking baby doll at his side.

Toy Story 3 is filled to the brim with so much broth and yet runs at a compact 103 minutes. There are literally dozens of new characters introduced minus a few regulars such as Wheezy, Bo Welch as a result of the passing of Joe Ranft, a talented Pixar story writer and also a voice actor. Michael Keaton (Ken), Whoopi Goldberg (Stretch), Timothy Dalton (Mr Pricklepants), Kristen Schaal (Trixie) and Ned Beatty (Lotso) are among the notable actors/actresses that joined the original stable which includes Buzz, Woody, Mr and Mrs Potato Head, Jessie, Rex, Hamm, Slinky Dog and Barbie. Despite the huge numbers of eye-blogging toys, there is never a single moment whereby the narrative and emotion goes out of hand.

The art of computer animation has improved by leaps and bounds since the release of the first Toy Story and with part 3, the graphics continue to dazzle with wondrous colours and excitement and it seems it can only soar higher than ever before. The theatrical 3D version is nothing more like a gimmick to earn more ticket dollars and honestly I prefer DreamWorks’ "How To Train Your Dragon" in terms of the 3D technology. Toy Story 3 in other words does not require compulsory 3D viewing and this DVD is sufficient enough to prove it. (Though I’m personally looking forward to check it out in Blu-ray).

Toy Story 3 is an amazing movie for the entire family, pardon my exaggeration perhaps for every living being in the universe and truly lives up to its predecessors. The sentimental, bittersweet ending will unleash the tear ducts and makes you wonder what actually happened to your once favourite companion(s). All of a sudden, I kind of missed my bucket of little plastic soldiers and cowboys. The power of Pixar storytelling prevails.


The extra features start with yet another excellent Pixar trademark short, Day & Night.

Together with Hamm, Rex and of course Buzz, Buzz Lightyear Mission Logs: The Science Of Adventure is an educational 5 minutes which discusses the technology behind space travel.

The Gang's All Here - A Look At Returning Voice Talent feature interviews with original voice talents Tom Hanks (Woody), Blake Clark (Slinky Dog) and newcomers Bonnie Hunt (Dolly), Kristen Schaal (Trixie) and Ned Beatty (Lotso).

Paths To Pixar: Editorial is a 4 minutes feature that has the editors at Pixar talking about their roles in crafting Toy Story 3.

The guys and gals at Pixar is a playful lot and Studio Stories share with us three interesting stories done in animated form, first being Where's Gordon about a special hidden room created by an animator, Cereal Bar shows us an out-of-this-world eating place where all kinds of cereal that you can imagined is stock and provided free for the Pixar staff and lastly Clean Start tells the remarkable story of how the crew behind Toy Story 3 shaved their heads in unison at the beginning of production.

Toys is a 6 minutes segment that shows us briefly how old characters liked Buzz are given a facelift and how new ones such as Lotso are created from scratch.

A Toy's Eye View: Creating A Whole New Land is another informative (read: hidden agenda) feature that gives us a sneak peek to the Toy Story playland at Disneyland Paris and soon to be built at HK Disneyland.


Colour presentation is excellent and vibrant throughout. I doubt there is another title in the market right now that can match Toy Story 3’s superb CG details especially the various characters and backdrops. The perfect audio track benefits from the Dolby Digital 5.1 surround with precise ambient effects, dialogues and powerfully presented across different environments be it the daycare centre or the garbage processing facility.



Review by Linus Tee

Posted on 28 October 2010


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